(Reference: Title 5, Section 56027)
1. A student with a verifiable disability who wishes accommodation
in a class must provide a written request of the specific accommodations
he believes he will need to the affected faculty member within ten (10)
working days before the date of the needed accommodation.
If the student is not registered with DSPS, he must provide the
relevant information regarding his disability to the respective faculty
member along with the written request for accommodations.
Note: If the student is registered with DSPS, the written request
should mention this fact. (In addition, any student registered with DSPS
should have a signed Consent for Release of Information form on file.)
The faculty member may request to access information from DSPS on a
"need-to-know" basis in accordance with the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
1. When the faculty member receives the written request for
accommodations from the student, she should contact DSPS to check if the
student is registered with them. If the student is registered, the
faculty member should consult with DSPS regarding verification of the
student's disability, educational limitations and appropriate
If the student is not registered with DSPS, the instructor should
consider the student's written request with the accompanying
documentation of the student's disability, educational limitations and
appropriate accommodations. The
instructor may consult with DSPS.
2. The student will receive a written reply to his request within
five (5) working days.
2. The faculty member has five (5) working days after
receiving the student’s written request from the student to gather
information and provide a written response to the student.
If the faculty member believes academic issues are raised by
offering the requested accommodation, she should consult with her
division chair and a minimum of two faculty members appointed by the
chair as to whether the proposed accommodations are academically
3. If the student's accommodation request is denied, the student may
ask to meet with a committee convened by DSPS in order to determine what
accommodations would be appropriate. The committee will be comprised of
the faculty member, the respective division chair (or his designee), and
a DSPS specialist.
3. If the instructor and division chair agree that such accommodations
are inappropriate and the student requests further action, the instructor
and division chair will meet with a DSPS specialist, and the student to
determine what accommodations are appropriate. *
4. If the committee cannot agree or decides against the student, the student may
appeal the matter in writing to the Director of Disabled Student Programs
and Services with all appropriate documentation attached. An ad hoc
administrative committee will be convened and comprised of the following
- Vice President of Instruction and/or Director of Disabled Student
Programs and Services
- Academic Senate President (or designee)
- Cluster Dean (or other comparable level manager if there is no cluster
- DSPS Specialist who has not been directly involved with the case to
- Student appointed by the ASCC president
5. A decision shall be reached within ten (10) working days of
submission to this committee. If an interim decision was put in place
prior to the committee's decision, the student cannot be held accountable
for repeating work completed with an accommodation during the interim
6. If the decision is in the faculty’s favor, the student may drop
the course without penalty or may file a written appeal with the 504/ADA
Coordinator within ten (10) working days of the final decision of the ad
hoc administrative committee.
Contact: 504/ADA Coordinator (Human Resources Director), Cuesta
College, Administration Building, Room 8003, P.O. Box 8106, San
Luis Obispo, CA, 93403-8106.
Phone: (805) 546-3100, ext. 3129
6. If the decision is in the student’s favor, the faculty member
will implement the committee’s recommendations.
*. The Section 504 Coordinator, or other designated district official with
knowledge of accommodation requirements, may make an interim decision
pending a final resolution (Title 5, Section 56027), provided that
decision does not contradict any prior policy decisions regarding
accommodations in that course reached by the relevant division and DSPS.
All division decisions establishing an accommodation policy should
be filed with DSPS.
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